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Ndamukong Suh wants to change bad reputation

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Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has a reputation in the league as being a nasty, sometimes dirty, player. It’s a reputation that Suh himself knows he’s earned due to various transgressions on the field over his career with the Lions.

However, Suh is working to try to improve the way he’s viewed as a player. Suh joined Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt on Sirius XM NFL Radio and spoke about the image he’s created for himself over his first four seasons in the NFL and how he’s trying to change that perception. He points to the incident on Thanksgiving in 2011 when he stomped on Green Bay Packers’ center Evan Dietrich-Smith as the defining moment that has helped shape the reputation he now has as a player.

“It’s obviously tainted me and given me a bad rep, and well-deserved in that instance, but I don’t think one moment in somebody’s life is going to define them,” Suh said. “I’ve vowed, not only to myself personally, but to my family and my teammates and coaches not to have that happen again and not have situations like that that’s going to hurt them or make them feel that they can’t be proud of me or want me as a teammate.”

“That’s one thing that I just hope and wish people have the opportunity and take the light to be unbiased and really kind of take a look at my track record and not define me by one instance and one mistake in my life that I’ve had.”

Suh says he’s become a more mature player this season.

“I think I’ve definitely grown up quite a bit just understanding that if you’re not growing up, you’re just moving backward,” Suh said. I’m a person that always wants to move forward, always want to grow and learn and not be the smartest person in the room, because when you’re not the smartest person in the room, you’re always learning things. I’m a learner. That’s how I got to where I am now.”

Suh is playing fantastic football for the Lions this season. Detroit is leading the NFC North by a game over the Chicago Bears and hold the tiebreaker due to winning both head-to-head matchups this season. Barring a late season collapse, Suh and the Lions appear destined to make a return trip to the postseason after a down season last year.

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22 Responses to “Ndamukong Suh wants to change bad reputation”
  1. atleastimnotaraidersfan says: Dec 5, 2013 12:48 AM

    I think we can all agree he’s definitely not the smartest person in the room.

  2. slick3 says: Dec 5, 2013 12:54 AM

    Good. He can start this week when they play the Eagles.

  3. sellout1983 says: Dec 5, 2013 1:06 AM

    oh boy, here we go again..

  4. staffordsyear says: Dec 5, 2013 1:27 AM

    Best defensive tackle in the league that you all wish was on your team..at least fans that get how this whole football thing works.

  5. dino2997 says: Dec 5, 2013 1:41 AM

    Everyone knows the Lions wouldn’t be in first place had the Packers and Bears not lost their starting QB’s to injuries. Suh would have been behaving much differently had the Lions been in 3rd place in the division where they probably belonged.

  6. jordiway73 says: Dec 5, 2013 2:29 AM

    Don’t change a thing, offenses are afraid.

  7. hyzers says: Dec 5, 2013 2:31 AM

    If he can curb his tendency to make boneheaded plays (see costing Levy another two picks) he could become the complete player.

  8. jimmysee says: Dec 5, 2013 3:34 AM

    Heven’t we been here before?

    Talk is cheap.

  9. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 5, 2013 6:26 AM

    I’m sure this change has nothing to do with Suh and his agent pushing for a contract extension.

  10. stinkfist5 says: Dec 5, 2013 7:04 AM

    Reports are that Ndamukong Suh was fined $25,000 for merely watching Mike Tomlin interfere with Jacoby Jones’ return on Thanksgiving evening.

  11. kyannalashae says: Dec 5, 2013 7:37 AM

    I get what Suh is saying…but unfortunately it wasn’t just 1 incident,it’s been multiple incidents of him acting dirty, anyone remember that crotch-kick on Texans QB Matt Schaub last season?

  12. mancave001 says: Dec 5, 2013 7:46 AM

    Not after the Eagles slap you down this weekend. E-A-G-L-E-S!

  13. skooter519 says: Dec 5, 2013 11:43 AM

    I was quite impressed with his clean playing last weekend, keep it up

  14. gordon57 says: Dec 5, 2013 12:11 PM

    That’s funny Dino it seems like Cutler was playing both times the Lions beat them.

  15. thetruthcampaign says: Dec 5, 2013 1:43 PM

    He definitely baby-handled Flynn last week in the endzone for that safety.

  16. bsizemore68 says: Dec 5, 2013 1:48 PM

    His problem is he has DNA to be a cheap shot player, and when the team is behind and losing he will go DNA on someone, and it won’t change with age, it will get worst. Bill

  17. thetruthcampaign says: Dec 5, 2013 2:01 PM

    Right, as for Chi being without Cutler, that didn’t matter in either Lion’s game. In fact, McClown came in and scored a TD at the end of the 2nd game.

  18. thetruthcampaign says: Dec 5, 2013 2:03 PM

    And Rodgers only scored 1 TD vs the Lions in the first game, and that wasn’t until 3rd quarter. So, Rodgers scored 22 points at home against the Lions, and that wouldn’t have been nearly enough on Thanksgiving.

  19. bearshaterseverywhere says: Dec 5, 2013 2:59 PM

    It’s a tie, RG3 and Suh, the two dumbest football players in the NFL.

    …Way to admit that your a dirty player, publicly.

    He clearly is the dirtiest player in the league, no tie there. Lions are scum as well. get your choke face ready goofy Lions fans, playoffs are 5 weeks away..

  20. dulee78 says: Dec 5, 2013 4:40 PM

    Clearly Suh kicking at Lions player and shoving ref wheres the outrage

  21. thetruthcampaign says: Dec 5, 2013 7:32 PM

    bearshaterseverywhere, you won’t be in the playoffs, so later.

  22. thetruthcampaign says: Dec 5, 2013 7:32 PM

    Go watch the 85 Bears Classis ESPN Channel.

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